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zfactor
03-19-2006, 08:09 PM
this includes all but anything that needs extra procces. like the p9 and h701....this will be used for a mild active setup.looking primarily for best sq from the unit.... my choices are these available to me currently:

eclipse cd8455 (i currently own)

eclipse cd7000 (much nicer styling and like the detach face)

alpine cda-9835 (old but can get a new one)

alpine cda-9855

kenwood xxv-01d (or current replacement forget the new model ##)

pioneer deh-880prs (wait for it to come in)

clarion 9255 (only reason i havent bought one is lack of mp3 playback, i know they dont sound the best but i have tons of them, also nice for a long trip to only have to have a few discs with you since i drive a lot)

i love my eclipse a lot but.... looks like crap in the car. just doesnt blend well at all...my dash is all black no silver at all and all the silver on this thing just sticks out like crazy...if its best for what i want ill live with it i guess...lol

what im mainly concerned with is available eq and overall performance, dont care about stupid extra features just want the basics + good eq and sq. dont have much experience with the last few years alpines so im unsure of those.

fakename
03-19-2006, 08:23 PM
i bought a 6700mp..i love it. its ****

desertheat
03-19-2006, 08:24 PM
I love my 9835, would not give her up for anything. Built rock solid.

iceteebone
03-19-2006, 08:24 PM
I love my 9835, would not give her up for anything. Built rock solid.


x2

just bought a 9835 this past week and i love it

kotec123
03-19-2006, 08:26 PM
kenwood

Worlddre
03-19-2006, 08:28 PM
cda 7998?

zfactor
03-19-2006, 08:31 PM
sticking with whats on the list..... those are whats available brand new to me....

Jaredl
03-19-2006, 08:39 PM
The DRZ should have noticeably better sound than the other units. It also costs 2-3x as much and doesn't have a detachable face (but it's sooooo much better looking than the others) . I would personally try to tuck away a P9 processor if possible, as it will give you much more tuning flexibility and the optical wiring should prevent noise from entering the system. It is like 5x as expensive as some of your options, though.

zfactor
03-19-2006, 08:55 PM
yeah i know this is for a daily driven work car.. so i dont want to invest a fortune in the hu.. i am doing a really nice system though and i have the car for a while. since i have all the speakers and amps already i want to go active. its gonna be a 3 way set in front so im trying to stick to a hu with a mid level price tag...

Savstyle
03-19-2006, 08:57 PM
9835 is my fav out of the ones you have listed

zfactor
03-19-2006, 08:58 PM
what eq setup does the 9835 have on it?? thanks

thadman
03-19-2006, 09:00 PM
5 bands per side

FoxPro5
03-19-2006, 09:10 PM
Wait, did you say 3 way active up front as in 7 channels of amplification?

Range Rover
03-19-2006, 09:12 PM
The best HU's are in Japan..

**** they got some **** sh_t over there..

:)

SQBubble
03-19-2006, 09:13 PM
me i would go with cd7000, but thats just me... i just love it soooo much, many tuning, 7-band eq, very good looking:drool: , 5-volt, detachable face, memory stick, eclipse! lool
wicked deck, it is just very expensive though..

6spdcoupe
03-19-2006, 09:15 PM
Without external processing it looks like the DRZ is the only one that would fit your needs...

zfactor
03-19-2006, 09:20 PM
like i said i have the cd8455 eclipse now.... the styling of the cd7000 is debatable for me yet as i have not sen one. basically the same deck as the cd8455 except has 1 sub eq band and goes to 5v out instead of the 8v i have now. and has different look and dteach face. other than these things its exactly the same deck as the cd8455 eclipse.

and yes full front active... as in 7 channels 6 for the front and 1 for the sub. 2 amps in the system. 1 6 channel and a mono a/b sub amp...

zfactor
03-19-2006, 09:21 PM
the eclipse offers me all the procces i need for this setup i have now but i just hate the way it looks.... in the car it looks terrible. like a circus show in the dash sorry to anyone that likes it done mean to offend just really want a much cleaner look. or at least not all that silver

thadman
03-19-2006, 09:25 PM
cd7000 is $479 + shipping on ebay FTW (if it wasnt already mentioned)

6spdcoupe
03-19-2006, 09:25 PM
like i said i have the cd8455 eclipse now.... the styling of the cd7000 is debatable for me yet as i have not sen one. basically the same deck as the cd8455 except has 1 sub eq band and goes to 5v out instead of the 8v i have now. and has different look and dteach face. other than these things its exactly the same deck as the cd8455 eclipse.

and yes full front active... as in 7 channels 6 for the front and 1 for the sub. 2 amps in the system. 1 6 channel and a mono a/b sub amp...


Its a bit more than that..iPod control,learning /teaching remote capabilities,OEL display,etc..

But neither will do a 4 way Active setup. So that leaves you with the DRZ.

FoxPro5
03-19-2006, 09:26 PM
the eclipse offers me all the procces i need for this setup

How? Are you using an active x-over or your amp to set up the front stage. The 8455 is only 3 way active including the sub out. Like 6spd said, the Clarion is your best option for the criteria you listed.

6spdcoupe
03-19-2006, 09:26 PM
cd7000 is $479 + shipping on ebay FTW (if it wasnt already mentioned)


Considering its not even available yet, I would be just a bit skeptical of that. Not like I trust Fleabay to begin with though...

thadman
03-19-2006, 09:26 PM
cd7000 + quality amp xover ftw

zfactor
03-19-2006, 09:38 PM
yeah i saw those on ebay... he is a good seller so i assume they are legit...
i currently use a audiocontrol digital piece for proccess. iw asnt planning on using it in the new car though. i was wrong i geuss about the eclipse giving me all i needed i thought it would have in the car its in now (going to be switched to the work car) it has all i need with a 2way active setup... id like to just use the hu though... so with the controls of the eclipse and the audiocontrol i have all i need... but i geuss the clarion is the only one to offer me the full control from the deck then??

well if i have to keep the ac piece then what would be the top sq performer aside from everything else...i dont need ipod, i dont need a color screen so the cd7000 doesnt really seem like an upgrade to me....at least not from my standpoint from a cd8455. my amps accept the full 8v so i like that over the 5vnow offered, if i saty eclipse. i know i can go lower just nice to have 8v.

adam71
03-19-2006, 09:40 PM
Out of the decks listed the 9835 would be your best choice. It plays mp3s like you need and give you plenty of tuning options.;)

zfactor
03-19-2006, 09:43 PM
does the 701 work with the 9835???

adam71
03-19-2006, 09:51 PM
does the 701 work with the 9835???

Yes, but you would have to have the RUX-C701 to control it.

zfactor
03-19-2006, 09:54 PM
ah ok i dont want that.. which alpine can use the 701 directly???

Jaredl
03-19-2006, 09:55 PM
The DRZ is the only one on your list that would really be an unpgrade from an 8455. An Alpine with the H701 would be too, of course. I'm pretty sure the 9835 works with the H701, but you'll need the C701, too. I'd be surprised if you could find a new 9835, though. At that point, you're spending as much as a DRZ.

iceteebone
03-19-2006, 09:56 PM
i can't believe you are gonna change decks just over looks. also preouts shouldn't factor into your decision. your eclipse does not produce 8 volts. only when you have the volume cranked playing a 0 db signal.

iceteebone
03-19-2006, 09:56 PM
ah ok i dont want that.. which alpine can use the 701 directly???


9860 i believe

adam71
03-19-2006, 09:58 PM
ah ok i dont want that.. which alpine can use the 701 directly???

A few of the '06 models can control it directly.

pjm2211
03-19-2006, 10:02 PM
I love my 8455

volonau
03-19-2006, 10:04 PM
9851

zfactor
03-19-2006, 10:18 PM
i love the deck also..and its not that i want upgrade.. i just cant stand the way it looks in the new car.. im a picky sob when it comes to that stuff...lol...maybe ill pic up a drz, or wait to see what the cd7000 looks like...and just keep the audiocontrol piece... i just dont like any of the 06 alpine stuff, seems like they are going down hill every year....

FoxPro5
03-19-2006, 10:18 PM
Although I don't have the technical know-how to do so, you can fashion a Toslink converter to run the digital signal out of the 8455 to the H701 and get the processing. Although you would need the C701 to control it and you would loose your volume adjustment for the radio on the 8455.

If Squeak is reading this he should be able to fill you in on the details as he helped show me how it exactly it works.

However, as it has been said, by the time you are done buying the 701 combo you are well into the 9255 range.

I think its time for you to design the new ZFactor headunit that has everything all us car audio nuts desire in a 4-way active unit with processing galore!!

iceteebone
03-19-2006, 10:21 PM
Although I don't have the technical know-how to do so, you can fashion a Toslink converter to run the digital signal out of the 8455 to the H701 and get the processing. Although you would need the C701 to control it and you would loose your volume adjustment for the radio on the 8455.

If Squeak is reading this he should be able to fill you in on the details as he helped show me how it exactly it works.

However, as it has been said, by the time you are done buying the 701 combo you are well into the 9255 range.

I think its time for you to design the new ZFactor headunit that has everything all us car audio nuts desire in a 4-way active unit with processing galore!!


i thought that was called the ural until ben managed to screw that up?

i wasn't impressed with any of alpine's newest offerings so that is why i went with the 9835 and i'm glad i did. i however do feel the need for such large eq's so the 5 band is perfect for me

alphakenny1
03-20-2006, 03:00 AM
ah ok i dont want that.. which alpine can use the 701 directly???

the 9860 and i believe the 9861 can control the H701. i think if you were going to get the DRZ, might as well get the 9860 + H701 combo which is the price range of a clarion DRZ in which it will fit your needs of a 3 way active frontstage. plus more tuning capabilities.

Ignatowski
03-20-2006, 06:58 AM
The Excelons are sweet HU's and better sounding than most at alot less money.
A $700 Eclipse might be better but for 250 bucks a 889 will sound pretty dam good
ad was much better than my Alpine 9833 in the SQ dept.